At the April meeting of the Essex stamp club, I gave them a homework assignment as well. This is the front of the card that I made with the starter panel (the white cardstock with the diagonal patterned paper strip). The club members were charged with turning the panel into a card using whatever they had in their stash – stamps, ribbon, diecuts, etc. And then they were asked to share their creations on my Facebook page. Some of the club members aren’t on Facebook, so we will also be sharing our creations IRL when we get together this evening. In fact, I whipped this card up last night so that I could participate in the sharing (I had been a homework slacker).

I think that the front of my card is a little plain (although it fits well with a CAS style), so I decided to focus a bit more on a panel for the inside of the card. Since I was using a darker cardstock for the card base, I needed to have a light panel for the inside anyhow. Ergo… I decided to dress it up by doing some stamping and coloring with my Stampin’ Blends. I used almost every color that I have (except Old Olive and Night of Navy). From the get-go I knew that I wanted to use the Crafting Forever stamp set because I think it goes well with the artwork on the patterned paper strip. I’m rather pleased with how it all turned out (even if I do say so myself).

I used this sketch as the basis for the homework assignment that I gave to the group. I’m having fun incorporating a diagonal element on cards – it adds some visual interest and it isn’t super hard to do. I cut the patterned paper and the mat layer longer than the width of the panel to accommodate the diagonal. After I glued them together, I glued them to the white cardstock. I then used my scissors to trim away the pieces that extended beyond the white CS. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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